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It is unfortunate that child healthcare needs a boost: Rosaiah

Chief Minister for more public-private participation in paediatric healthcare facilities

‘Neo-natal mortality rate between 28-32 in India compared to just 2-3 in developed countries’

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Saturday agreed that India needed more paediatric healthcare facilities and that public-private participation was the answer.

He was inaugurating the new 41-bed paediatric facility at the NICE Hospital for Children here. Going around the premises, he told its director, M. Padmanabh Reddy it was unfortunate that child healthcare facilities needed a boost. Mr. Rosaiah appreciated K. Anji Reddy of the Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, who is the chairman of the NICE Foundation that runs the hospital. Dr. Padmanabh Reddy said the new facility meant an investment of Rs. 4.2 crore, while the NICE (Neo-Natal Intensive Care) Institute for the Newborn, that was started last August at a cost of Rs. 26 crore had saved over 450 lives of babies between the ages of one and 28 days. He said since it was being run under a charitable trust, healthcare costs at the NICE Hospital were about 35 per cent lesser than at similar facilities.

He regretted that a third of children’s deaths across the world take place in India. The neo-natal mortality rate (NMR) here is between 28 and 32, while it was just two or three in the developed countries. The NICE Institute for the Newborn, he said was South East Asia’s largest and exclusive neonatal facility and had advanced equipment like frequency oscillators, nitric oxide delivery and laminar flow system and pneumatic chute, coupled with quality service, Dr. Padmanabh Reddy said.